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T. auletes Variations - Kansas

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T. auletes Variations - Kansas

Here is an auletes my son found in the backyard yesterday. It is the first of any I've seen with this weird copper color to the eyes, and thorax, and there is even some on the wing veination. It has been dead for awhile. It looks like the eyes have been dipped in copper paint and the thorax has been painted.

Best regards,

Joe T.

Date Posted: 2006-08-30 Comments: (1) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2010-11-26 | Website:

With regards to that auletes, this is something I see on a regular basis and is more a post-mortem thing. Start to fade in color shortly after death. As a matter of fact, a woman from Massachusetts sent me a T. canicularis who's eye color was just like that. I think you will find over time that the copper color will fade and turn opaque.

At first, I thought that light had something to do with the color fade, but it really didn't make a difference when I let a bunch dry out in total darkness for about a week. I also think heat plays a role to what happens to the colors after death.

I am totally amazed still by the number of different species of cicadas you have there.

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